Our goats are raised with hugs and blackberries. Most of them start weed-eating in their first week of life. If you're looking for an eco-friendly way to clear brush, goats are an excellent choice. Clever, personable, and affectionate, they are more fun than a weed-whacker. Ours generally top out at 100-150 lbs, so they are gentler on the soil than large livestock. As they defoliate brambles, sunshine and rain can reach the soil below and begin restoring the understory plants to reduce soil erosion. Repeated grazing exhausts the plants' reserves, eventually (over several years) killing it off completely without a drop of herbicide. Although they don't eat thistle plants, they usually eat the flowers, reducing the seed bank of the evil pricklies.
Our goats are raised with lots of love and need animal-loving homes that will treat them like the hard-working pets they are. They're familiar with electric fence, and they should never be tied out. You may have seen our cute cuddly boys and their rough-and-tumble dads as you drive down Germantown. We have a handful of sweet young fellows now, a few older more-experienced boys, and we'll have babies in the spring. Brush boys are wethered (neutered) so they aren't hormonal teenagers. Dairy girls are sometimes available, as well. We sell to approved homes only. We've loved these goat kids from birth and feel they'll do best in a home that offers affection along with work. They require shelter, protection from predators, clean water daily, loose minerals, and hay. Prices range from $75 to $150 each, and they cannot live alone. We believe that 3 goats is the minimum "herd" size that meets their social and emotional needs. Most of our goats are mini Nubians, floppy-eared cuties, with a few LaManchas, Nigerians, or cross-breeds.
To inquire, contact Tracy at farm [at] rockyscreek [dot] com or 543 1043 in the area code 503.